What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!

Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:

  • Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
    • Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
  • Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
    • Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
  • How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
    • Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
    • Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
  • Have you proofread your cover letter?
    • Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!

[Your Name]
September 17, 2019

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Hi Sylvia,

My career may be just beginning but I have always been a fast learner. Throughout every class, internship, or job I have ensured that I am known for my dedication and desire for excellence. I won’t settle for anything less than the best and I would love to bring my unwavering motivation to the Red Hawk team.

In college I made sure that I wore many hats. It is my belief that in today’s fast-paced work environment and competitive job market it is absolutely critical to have a diverse skill set. I consider the aforementioned skill set one of my greatest assets. If hired for your company I can handle virtually any type of task thrown at me. Even if I don’t currently know the task I will be sure to learn it. I may be an Entry Level employee, but I am an Entry Level employee with a ton of dedication and heart.

Beyond my soft skills and commitment to success, I possess an immense amount of administrative and technological skills. It is also worth noting that I am an excellent problem solver. I understand the importance of being able to work both autonomously as well as a team. My dynamic work style further confirms why I would be an asset to Red Hawk.

I am friendly and approachable but I always maintain a professional demeanor. Overall I consider myself to be a well-rounded candidate with both the tangible and intangible proficiencies needed to excel within a formal workplace.

I’d love to speak to you about how I would be a good fit to join the Red Hawk family. I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your time.


How to write an entry level cover letter?

  • Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
  • Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
  • Mention where you found this opportunity and your interest in it
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you are a great candidate
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing your application in more detail
  • End the cover letter with an appropriate sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length